Overview New Mexico

Visiting New Mexico

A land of juxtapositions, New Mexico is home to the natural wonders like the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands Monument, as well as engineering marvels like the Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. While it’s most often thought of as an arid state, New Mexico boasts skiing in the mountains and vast forests supported by the Rio Grande. Don’t miss artistic hot spots like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, or the amazing Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at the Bandelier National Monument.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to... Read More
A land of juxtapositions, New Mexico is home to the natural wonders like the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands Monument, as well as engineering marvels like the Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. While it’s most often thought of as an arid state, New Mexico boasts skiing in the mountains and vast forests supported by the Rio Grande. Don’t miss artistic hot spots like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, or the amazing Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at the Bandelier National Monument.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips New Mexico

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Misspelled Golden Dreams in El Dorado

Written by SeenThat on 10 Sep, 2007

The name El Dorado immediately suggests dreams of vast, hidden fortunes and has mobilized people for centuries all over the Americas. Those quests created treasures of traveling experiences and very little else.However, the name became a synonym of an unaccomplished, unattainable dream. Soon after my…Read More


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Big Tesuque

Written by SeenThat on 16 Aug, 2006

"Let's climb the Mountain," I was told enigmatically by a local Santa Fean. My puzzlement was obvious: at Santa Fe's northern border are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Jemez Mountains are close and many small, spiky, hills are scattered all around. She couldn't help…Read More


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Ram Das Puri

Written by SeenThat on 31 Jul, 2006

A friend of mine, a journalist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, called suddenly telling me he had got a couple of invitations to the International Peace Prayer Day at Ram Das Puri, not far away from Española. I jumped into his old van and used…Read More


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Earth Day in Santa Fe

Written by SeenThat on 23 Apr, 2006

Inexplicably, the same people preaching against pollution, were unable to understand the polluting effect of noise; by the end of the day, the drums’ vibrations were strong enough to destabilize my camera even 50m away from the main stage. However, everything began 6 hours before…Read More


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An Apache Fire Circle

Written by SeenThat on 22 May, 2006

During my travels, I always try to visit Lutheran churches whenever possible. People who had heard about me usually invite me to speak, to give a lesson or just for a homey lunch; however, Santa Fe, being the Different City, prepared a very unusual experience…Read More


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Exploring the Great Houses of Chaco from the Loop Road

Written by BawBaw on 05 Dec, 2004

A "great house" of the pre-Columbian peoples of the American Southwest was a multi-storied pueblo compound that almost always included at least one "great kiva." In turn, a kiva, great or otherwise, was (and still is among modern Pueblo tribes) a round ceremonial chamber used…Read More


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Fiesta! The Launch Field Tailgate Party

Written by BawBaw on 25 Nov, 2004

A working slogan for hot-air ballooning might well be summed up as "Work Hard, Fly High, and Party Hearty." Certainly, that’s how many, if not most balloonists approach their sport. And the party begins early in the day -- immediately after the balloon has been…Read More


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Up and Away! The Joy of Flight

Written by BawBaw on 31 Oct, 2004

May the winds welcome you with softness.May the sun bless you with his warm hands. May you fly so high and so wellThat God joins you in laughterAnd sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth. —The Balloonist PrayerDespite the discouragement offered by…Read More


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On Crewing for Fiesta

Written by BawBaw on 12 Oct, 2004

Every hot-air balloon requires a crew to assist the pilot during launch and recovery activities. Most conventional "round" balloons need five to seven people to manage this process efficiently. Special shape balloons, which tend to be more complex, often require much larger crews,…Read More


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Slowing Down - Arriving at the Star Hill Inn

Written by tdsinfo on 03 Feb, 2003

Awakening to a bright blue morning sky and crisp autumn air, we set off for a morning stroll. We head out to "Maggie’s Valley" and then back past our cabin down the dirt road to check out the observing area and small library (also known…Read More


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